Sharing my amnio experience

I’m in my 2nd pregnancy and was happy to able to conceive as hubby and i planned. Had a very sick 1st trimester but right after that i’m back to normal. Went for my monthly check up as usual, on the 17 weeks of my pregnancy it was time for my blood test. Had four types and one of them was for down syndrome. Doctor recommended it due my 2nd pregnancy and my age i should take more precaution.

Down syndrome blood test is just a screening test, not accurate (around 90%) but will come  back with a percentage of risk that the baby may have down syndrome. So that you can make a decision if you want to take a further detail test which is Amniocentesis. Usually recommended to women that’s over 35 that has higher risk but usually women that’s after 30 should also take the test if the screening comes back with a risk. I read most of down syndrome affect woman starting the age of 30. I’m 33 now and when i had my 1st baby doctor didn’t ask me to take the test only this time around. I had my first child at age 31-32.

My blood test result

My blood test came back 2% risk which caught me off hand. Went to the doctor with hubby and had a discussion. My doctor told me that it’s a low risk but of course there’s always a chance cause the screening test came back with that risk. So as a doctor, he need to let me know and it was my choice if i wanted to take it further or not. According to him so far all the ultrasound looks ok, no thick neck, backbone looks fine but if i wanted to be sure i need to take the amnio test. Which i know hubby and i would definitely want to know for sure.

3 Major chromosomes that’s tested for down syndrome

My doctor told me the most important chromosomes that need to be tested is 13, 18 and 21. These are the major chromosomes that will cause birth defects. Amnio test will test these 3 chromosomes.

I’m terrified of pain and doc told me that it was painless even less painful than blood test. As he put it it’s just the long needle and the thought of it going through the stomach that’s scary. Other than that it takes less than 5 mins and it’s done.

The experience

He will use the ultrasound to scan and i can see the whole process. I was so nervous that i told doc, just do it i’m gonna close my eyes, haha. Hubby was there sitting far away, lol. Doc was explaining the whole process while he was taking the fluid. The doctor will see through the ultrasound, make sure the baby is not there and absorb the liquid next to the baby. When it was about to finish i open my eyes and saw yellow liquid put into the tube. It was really no pain at all. Although i read online that some feel uncomfortable during the withdraw of the liquid. It was really less than 5 mins and it was done. Doc put a plaster where the needle was inserted and told me i can take it off after 2 days. Gave me 2 day antibiotic and pain killers in case i have any pain. I got so nervous and kept on asking him I’m gonna have stomach pain! ? he said JUST IN CASE.

I was planning to move to my new house at the end of the week because of the test i need to reschedule my moving date. Need to rest for at least a week or 2, you know just in case 😛 No hardcore stuff just lie in bed and rest. Doc told me i would get my results for the 13,18 and 21 chromosomes within 48 hours. That is the fast result which i had to pay extra. Just the amnio cost Rm 1k but hubby and i were impatient people we paid extra Rm 800 for the fast result. Still need to wait 3 weeks for the full detail but usually when the 3 important chromosomes come out ok everything should be ok. Bear in mind this price is for Ipoh Fatima Hospital. Check with your doctor how much they charge first but for amnio usually 1K ++ standard. Altogether i paid Rm 1,800 plus doctor’s fees.

Small risk of miscarriage

Doc did inform us that by taking the amnio test will have a small risk for miscarriage but so far whatever he has done it has not happen on his hands (that’s why it’s small risk) This is the so-call side effects that might happen. Just rest for a week or two and don’t stress yourself.

After 3 weeks full report came out and it’s clear, everything is ok ^_^ At times like this, money need to be spend to ensure and know what you might be facing.

Final thought

Some people may think that doesn’t matter even though the baby has down it make no difference cause i won’t abort it. I feel differently, even though you don’t mind taking care of a down syndrome baby but i would not want to see my child in pain like that the rest of his/her life.

Having the amnio test prepare you and let you know what you might be facing in the future. I know a lot of people is too scared therefore they don’t even want to do the test. Think twice before making that decision.

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Too Face Smokey Eye Collection *new, review

My first Too Face product. Always wonder how are their quality other than their shadow insurance (which i will try when i finish my UD primer potion) They have a couple of these palette sets in Natural Eye palette and Naked Eye palette but since i already have Urban Decay Naked i opt of their smokey palette. I’ve yet have a smokey collection.

Comes with 9 complimentary colors. Looks great no matter how you mix and match. I must say i am impress with the quality. It’s pigmented and at a reasonable price. Tried it on my mom went she had an event and it lasted her whole night without anything fading. She had pretty oily lids. Every time she comes back she will give me feedback on the products this time there were no complaints. I did a classic smokey eye on her, looks great.

  Wearing Maxim circle lens in brown.

My go to are the browns ^_^ What can i say… i just love my browns. Take it from day to night in a flash. Palette size is perfect for traveling and even for everyday you can put it in your handbag. Never know just in case you need to spice up the look for the evening. Colors are great, from neutral browns to a little purple and smokey, great variety.

Available at Sephora at around Rm 70 +

If you think Urban Decay Naked is a little pricey or not available check out their version of Naked Eye and Neutral Eye.

19 Weeks preggers, can’t maintain the body but i try to maintain the face, lol.

Face: Make Up Forever HD foundation

Eyebrows: Empro no.2

Cheeks: Smashbox Radiance

Eyes: Lid: Cloves, outter v: Up in smokes, highlight: Daylight

Eyeliner: Make Up Forever waterproof liquid Aqua liner in black

Maxim circle lens in black (eb-buen) review

 An update from previous post.

Finally gave the black color a try and was a little disappointed. Reason being the material seems to be different from the colored ones. It felt a little more thick and harsh not as thin and smooth as the color ones.

When i put it on it didn’t feel smooth a little pokey but after a couple of mins then it was ok. It’s really black and really make your eyes look big.

Hubby said it looks fake cause the pupil looks too perfect, but after wearing it for the month he didn’t even know when i was wearing it haha. Anyways i’m going back to the color ones, it’s just more comfortable. So disappointed in the black color. Don’t know why the material is not the same. If you have tried it you would know what i mean. If not it is still ok i’m not saying it’s super pokey or cloudy like Freshkon (still better than Freshkon) Compare with the colored ones it’s slightly pokey while the color ones, you don’t even know it’s there.

To pacify or not to pacify ? My experience and thoughts

All parents go through this debate of using the pacifier or not. I have to say i have nothing against people that don’t want to use it BUT i can’t stand those that are against it. They say it as if they are so proud that their baby is not using the pacifier BUT they never tell you that the baby is crying like mad because he wants to nurse (want mommy’s nipple) All they think about is that oh he always wants to nurse. Nurse to sleep nurse to calm down, what are those really? Mommy’s nipple has become a substitute for a pacifier. Does anyone realize that? I’m pretty sure no one does, because those who nurse are so proud that they are breast-feeding. It has become that a norm and they don’t feel  the baby is looking for a pacifier at all.

Facts and myth about the pacifier

Lot’s of people think that pacifier will ruining teeth or affect their speech… research first before thinking that. Most doctors find the stories of pacifiers ruining a child’s teeth or affecting speech to be unfounded. 

Pacifiers are invented in the 17th-19th centuries, way way back. Take a look who invented it and why. It’s been around for decades and it’s still going on. Why? because it works and back in the days someone actually understood how to soothe a baby.

The blame for crooked teeth

I don’t know why people blame the pacifier for their child’s crooked teeth. I guess it seems like the easiest thing to do is just to blame the pacifier. Milk teeth will fall out and replace as the child grow that is why it is recommended at the age of 1-2 years old the pacifier should be weaned off. For those who are scared they can start to wean off the pacifier when the baby is 9 months.

The fingers vs the pacifier

So no pacifier eventually babies will resort to putting hands in their mouth. Although it’s natural and it’s a phase but with no substitute it will become sucking the finger. You can controlled the pacifier but how do you control the fingers? Having the pacifier babies will still put the fingers in the mouth because of teething but at least there’s control. How do you really control the baby when he’s sucking his fingers? When baby Berry was an infant, very seldom put her fingers in the mouth on top of that i don’t give her the pacifier as a substitute. Just teething toys and always tell her not to put her hands in the mouth. She understands, don’t underestimate the baby’s mind.

My experience with baby Berry

She’s been using a pacifier since she was born. My mom is a nanny for more than 15 years and still is. As she put it, a pacifier is a tool for a baby to feel soothe and calm themselves. Once they have their soothing items the baby will feel at ease, sleep well and eat well therefore won’t be restless and crying all the time. My mom is not those old ladies that believe in traditional stuff and i’m not the type to believe in what old people say. I’ve analyze and tested it out before making my statement.

Baby Berry only uses it when she sleeps. Even from newborn once she fall asleep she will spit out the pacifier. When she was 5-9 months, when i go out she can fall asleep in the stroller even without the pacifier. All in all she’s not been a big fan of it. I still uses it because it sets a habit and letting her know once she sees it, it’s time to sleep. Having said all that a pacifier still need to be controlled with a baby. If not they will be hooked and will be difficult to weaned off later on. 

It has not affected her teeth nor her speech. She’s 16 months now and she’s a early talker. She started talking when she was 13 months. Her speech is quite clear and she know a lot of words. Now that she’s able to communicated she will ask me for the pacifier. It helps her when she’s teething and she will bite and chew on it. I like to freeze it and it will soothe her on those bad days, it eases her to sleep. I controlled the pacifier very well and she knows when she can have it and when she cannot. I don’t intend to weaned her off until all her teeth is grown out, maybe around 2 yrs old.

Few things to think about

For those who are against the pacifier think about why the baby is crying through the night or when he wants to sleep. All the baby is looking for is a soothing item and by not giving it the baby naturally it will continue crying. If not just whip out your nipple every time it want to be soothe and say the baby is hooked on nursing.

Breastfeeding babies can be pacify too. Don’t think that once you breast feed your baby can’t use a pacifier, they can. I have friends that does that, no problem. In fact it eases them especially in the middle of the night. Instead of nursing the baby back to sleep just pop back in the pacifier and pat the baby back to sleep.

If you have difficulty putting the pacifier in the baby mouth, be patient. No newborn will just suck it immediately, it takes time and they need to learn. Baby Berry was the same took her a few weeks before she got the hang of it. Same goes for my friend’s baby took her awhile for her daughter to get it too. So don’t think it can’t be done because it CAN.

After all this is just my thoughts and my opinion, still the choice is yours. I’m sharing this because i feel the pacifier is hated on. I think it need more benefit of the doubt and people should know why and how to use if they wanted to and not because of what other people say. Experiment it yourself and be the judge of it. Good luck!

Sippy cups, which one is right for your growing baby?

Sippy cups can be introduce to a baby as early as 6 months. It’s good to start training  your baby to switch from a bottle to a cup. Start with putting water in it and juice. They can slowly get use to the idea from a bottle to a  cup as they grow up.

Why do you want to introduce a sippy cup to your baby? It’s a good transition from drinking from a bottle especially when they turn 1 year old. Although some people may think it’s useless. Then be prepare to have a toddler that might still be stuck with a bottle when they are 4-5 years old. It’s a phase and i think it’s good to introduce this transition… out of the baby stage. You don’t have to do it when they are 6 months but at least once they turn 12 months it’s time for a change. You may not seen it yet, but once you bring your baby out to socialize your baby might be the only one that’s drink water from a bottle while others are using sippy cup. Then you would feel how come he has not move on to sippy yet.

 Sippy cut with a straw

Some people may not know but your 6 month old baby can sip from a straw. The technique is the same as sucking from a bottle. It’s natural to them. So if you have not let your baby try sipping from a straw maybe it’s time to give it a try.

Baby Berry started on a sippy cup at 6 months but it took her awhile to control the straw and the water would over flow and she would play with the water. By the way the baby will choke a little when they drink cause they don’t know how to control when they sip. No worries they will get the hang of it real fast.

It was good when baby Berry was 6 months and started on her solids this is a good transition from bottle water to sippy cup water. Babies love to try new things. The down side is that the straw sippy cup when she drink after she eat there will be back wash into the cup. After each meal you would have to change the water and rinse the straw. Most straw sippy cup is not leak proof.

  Nuby leak proof straw sippy cup

I’ve read that this is a very good leak proof straw sippy cup. Hopefully it’s doesn’t wash back her food when she drink from it. I have yet seen this brand in Malaysia but i’ve seen it in Canada. Should have bought it when i was there. Now i’m out to scout for this cup 😛

 Avent sippy cup (BPA free) 12 months + 7 oz 

I heard that Avent sippy cup is pretty good so i decided to give it a try.

At first baby Berry was just biting the spout. She didn’t really like it i guess the spout is a little funny and it’s hard. The good thing is that the spout is all detachable so it’s easy washing and it is sold as an accessory. So when your pout is worn out, easily can be changed.

My favorite part of this cup is that when she drink after her meal or in between her meal, no food is wash back into the cup. I don’t need to change the water and maybe just rinse the pout. So far this is the cup i prefer for her BUT having said that, i think she prefers to drink from a straw 😦  So far this has been my favorite sippy cup among the sippy cups that i’ve tested.

 Avent insulated big zippy (BPA free) 18 months+ 9 oz

Isn’t it cute? I hope baby Berry will soon get the hang of the spout then we can change to a bigger bottle. At the moment the smaller sippy cup is not enough for her to go through the day. Have to refill and it is inconvenient when we go out.

  Fogoo thermos sippy 7 oz

Stainless steel leak proof and insulated, good for drinking milk when you are transiting from a bottle to a cup. It can be kept warm or cold. This design is with a pout they also have a design with a straw. There are good reviews about this cup and my friend also uses it. She said it’s good for drinking milk. As for water most of us would prefer a clear bottle instead. Good for countries that need to keep some warm water or cold juices. Best part it’s stainless steel.

 The Safe sippy pout to straw 8 oz

I bought this cup very early on in fact i think it was my first one. This is not a cheap sippy cup. It cost me around Rm 69. It’s a’ little costly because it’s stainless steel and it has 2 changeable spout, from a  pouring spout to a straw. And it comes with a stopper. But i’m so disappointed at this cup. Although it seems like it has promising features, but it’s leaky and why do they give a different valve as a stopper ? It just didn’t make any sense. You would have to remove the straw or pouring valve to put the stopper in if you don’t want it to leak. Just not user friendly at all.

The only thing i like about it is the hard pout. All you need to do is just change the straw from the inside or the pouring valve.

To sum it up, you can either start your baby with a straw sippy or a pout sippy doesn’t matter, all depends on what your baby prefers and what works for you.

How to start your baby to recognize her own facial and body parts

You can start your baby as early as 6 months to teach her words. Start of with her face. Use her hands and point at her nose and tell her it’s her nose, mouth, eyes, ears, head, hair and so on. 

It takes lot’s of patiences and repetitive actions through out the day so that she can remember. Babies has short term memory. Having said that doesn’t mean you have to be obsessed with it. And a baby only has so much patiences to listen at one time. What i do is that my whole family including my mom, dad and hubby we play with her asking her where’s her nose all the time (and of course other body parts) so it’s like a game for her. By the time baby Berry was 7 months she already know her facial parts. Slowly from 1-2 parts a day and once she got it you will have to go through the first 2 parts and add another part. Bare in mind that each time you teach her the parts you always have to go through the parts that she already known. 

Babies are edgar to learn and can soak up like a sponge. At the same time you can also show her pictures and point what it is. Even though they can’t talk they can point at the pictures when you ask them where is the apple. They start with recognizing pictures.

Baby Berry loves her books since she was 6 months. When she was about 7 months she can even flip each page from a broad book as if she’s reading it. By the time she was about 9 months she know all her face and body parts when asked. Now that she’s 15 months she will point at the eyes and say eyes, nose, mouth etc. Not only that she can even point at a stuff toy and say the face and body parts. Moving on with body parts will be pictures and once they get the hang of it they pick up quite fast.

Some say she’s a early talker but i think being consistent through out the process helps and don’t be afraid to start off early. Don’t under estimate the baby’s mind. Although they can’t talk or express themselves yet at a young age but when they do they will surprise you.

 

Make Up Forever Aqua eyes pencil, review

I’ve never had a favorite eye liner and this has gotta be my holy grail of eye liners. It comes in a variety of colors. It doesn’t smudge, transfer or leak. Although i’ve tried Urban Decay glide on liners and Stila kajal liner nothing compare to these. Not too soft nor too hard and stays on forever. If you think if it stays on forever it must be hard to remove. Nop! not at all. Any normal make up remover will do the job.

 Black and brown

The most used colors in liners. Brown for a more subtle and day look and black for night or a more define look. Great on waterline (upper or lower), it won’t leak or smudge at all. Last all day. It’s especially great if you wear contacts so even with a few of re wetting drops nothing moves. A must have! Of course if you want a intense look you would still have to go for liquid or cream liners which i’ll be doing a review on soon ^_^

Available at Sephora.

KLCC kiosk in front of the escalator either 2nd or 3rd floor.